In Recovery

TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2016

Transformed by the gospel

Key Bible Verse: To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. (Isaiah 61:3)

Dig Deeper: Isaiah 61

When compared with each other perhaps, we may only seem weak by degrees enough that we might even consider ourselves relatively strong and self-supporting. But when placed before Almighty God and before our heavy inborn curse of sinfulness, we are weak by utter default. All of us.

So if you struggle with being able to run hard after the Lord because you feel so unworthy, so unclean, so unsteady, listen up: “While [you] were still weak, at the right time,” God came to your rescue (Rom. 5:6, ESV et al.). And still does. And still is.

If you just cannot accept, no matter how many times we say it, that God takes sheer delight in you, even though you’re stumbling around in your failures and addiction and making such slow strides toward maturity – hear us: “God shows his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8).

No way, of course, does he want you to keep being beaten up and taken hostage by these unsightly habits and other leftover dysfunctions. They mean you no good, and they will always cost you freedom and joy and the confident blessings of obedience. But that doesn’t mean we’re not all, every last one of us, in an ongoing recovery mode as God keeps doing his work in us.

– Matt Chandler and Michael Snetzer in Recovering Redemption

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